Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
Hello again from the great North West of the USA. I Hope all is going well for all of you.
This summer has not been the best for myself. I was just getting used to the fact that I cannot do all the things that I used to do and was quit comfortable with the changes. I had gone back to the job I had done most of my life (road construction) as a paving foreman on large scale projects. This went well for a while until the company began to continue to add responsibliltys to the point that I was not able to effectivly control my blood pressure. I had to resign my possition. Before the two weeks were over I ended up in the ER with extremly high blood pressure and chest pains due to increased pressure on the job. I spent the night in the hospital and was ok but could not continue the job. I took a couple of weeks off and was offered a position with less stress. Yesterday I went to the pre-job physical and was told I could not even take the thirty minute test. This kind of floored me since I have never in my life not been able to do the job I have always done. needless to say I am a little bummed thinking I will not be able to work in this field until I retire about 5 years. It has been suggested that I apply for complete disibility. My questions is, are there members who have applied for and recieved disibility benifits due to thier AD condition, and was it a hard dicision knowing that you had to let go of one more thing in life due to this condition? Needless to say I am a little scared about what will happen in the next couple of weeks. If any of you have been in this situation or just have an opinion, suggestion, or just some supporting words I would love to hear from you. It has been just 24 hours and I am a little lost. Sorry about the negetive news. Other than that it has been a good summer in Oregon and with many camping trips as well as family events it has been fun. Again I hope all is going well for all the members on this site and hope to hear from you soon. Wayne.
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